I went to Paris to shop for ladies clothes, shoes and accessories.
Now, Paris is known for it's high end shops but as most of us can't afford to pop into Chanel or Dior luckily there are plenty of High Street shops as well.
Rue the Rivoli between Metro stations Louvre-Rivoli and Hotel de Ville has H&M, Pimkie, Berska, Etam, C&A, Mango, Zara and many others.
Shopping center Le Forum Des Halles (all of which in underground!) right in the middle of Paris has all of those plus plenty more
Shopping center Italie 2 next to Place d'Italie Metro station has loads more to choose from
Boulevard de Magenta from Gare de l'Est to Boulevard de la Chapelle in north east Paris is full of local clothes and shoe shops.
Corner of Boulevard Barbes and Boulevard de la Chappel in north east Paris has a shop called Tati spread over about three blocks (going east). Tati by name, tat (cheap!) by nature but usable stuff none the less. Especially good for toys at reasonable prices. Go during the week though, Saturday morning is was PACKED!
Another great chain for cheapo stuff (clothes, make-up, household goods) is Monorpix, I visited the branch at the corner of Boulevard de Clichy and Rue Fontaine. There are branches all round Paris, there is one even on Champs Elysees!
Actual supermarkets are hard to find but I came across a well stocked Carrefour (please note in google maps it's still called "Champion" but it is a Carrefour now) at the corner of Boulevard de Rochechouart and Rue Viollet-le-Duc, a short distance from Moulin Rouge (going west) . Great for snacks while in Paris and for those bottles of wine and cheese to take home.
Yes! Budget shopping is possible in Paris!
An amazing department store called TATI (2 floors), is at Montmatre & can be reached easily via the metro.
When you exit Chateau Rouge station, you will see another side of Paris... lots of migrants, Africans, Eastern Europeans, Chinese, everyone's there... and it's a crowded community. Visit the fruit stall and market for a totally different experience and don't be overwhelmed if you see many policemen and their cars there. That's another side of Paris which in my opinion is nice to experience.
Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm.
Alight at Chateau Rouge station via Line 4.
Address: 76, Av. de Clichy, 17th Arr.
What to pay: as low as US$2 on t-shirts, body butter creams, etc.
Clothing, accessories, lots of stuff. It is like a discount department store. I bought so many clothes for so cheap. This store was featured on the Lonely Planet Paris DVD; a stylist takes the traveller to TATI to dress her up as a Parisian. There are a few TATIs around Paris.
Now I know this is a FAR FAR cry from Channel and Hermes...... but (especially) if you’re from North America the clothes here in Tati were no more poorly made than any other trendy shop like Le Chateau or Urban Behavior.
Yes there are fifteen god awful outfits to every one fantastic find but I found myself a very cute denim skirt, two tunic dresses and a really chic looking linen dress for
What to buy: Not only do they have clothing but soaps and creams, shampoo's..... make-up, baby clothes...... what ever you need.
A lot of it is so jumbled I couldn't even bare to try and look through it!
I have heard Tati may be closing the doors, such a shame, I had a ball digging through this Parisian bargain mess!
What to pay: Not very much at all, the best I found was a cute 3 Euro jean skirt
For all those who can't afford quality clothes full price or - like me - don't see the need to spend more for the same article SYMPA is a very interesting place to know (in fact a serie of small shops, all in the same area : Montmartre).
The prices are about the same than those of the nearby TATI (difficult to find cheaper but Tati sells mostly very poor quality items) and SYMPA solds mostly good quality like Cyrillus, Somewhere, Petit Bateau, Kookai, Sergent Major ... (along with some crap too) those are just last year collections, not second hand clothes.
You can find a skirt for 5 Euros, a man jumper (lambswool) for the same price, women pants for 10, jackets for 15 ...
For Anlo-saxon visitors especially, it can be daunting to dig into the boxes (some on the side walk, some in the shops) and to brave the crowded tiny shops, but all the posh parisians do it (and the fashionable youngters and students too).
You can't try the clothes and have to dig to grab the hidden treasures but for such prices ...
What to buy: Mostly children and women clothes, but also some items for men.
The most interseting articles, imho, are the most classical ones (not so easily outdated)
What to pay: see above
The captioned question is often asked on the forum. I transfered it to my wife and I discovered a world of shopping places focused on apparel and woman clothes.
See by yourself :
- Rue de Rivoli (4e arrt) : between Chatelet and Concorde
- Rue de Rennes (6e arrt) : mainly near St Germain des Pres and Gare Montparnasse
- Rue de Passy (16e arrt) : metro La Muette
- Rue de Vaugirard (15e arrt) : from metro Pasteur (it is the longest street of Paris : 7Km)
- Rue des Francs Bourgeois (4e arrt) : Metro Rambuteau or St Paul (see the photo)
- Rue Mouffetard (5e arrt) : metro : Censier-Daubenton
- Blvd St Michel (5e arrt) : Metro St Michel or Luxembourg
- Blvd St Germain (5 & 6e arrt) : between St Germain and Maubert-Mutualite
- Rue des Ternes & rue Bayen (17e arrt) : metro : Ternes
- Blvd de Strasbourg (10e arrt) : Metro : Strasbourg St Denis
- Carrousel du Louvre (1e arrt) : metro Palais Royal
- Forum des Halles (4e arrt) : metro Halles (problem of safety)
- Les 4 Temps : mall located in La Defense (20.000 sq meters)
- Av Montaigne (8e arrt) : Metro Champs Elysees Clemenceau (expensive : couturier)
- Rue St Honore (1e arrt) : metro Palais Royal (expensive)
- Rue du Renard (4e arrt) : metro Rambuteau (near Centre Georges Pompidou)
- Blvd Rochechouard (18e arrt) : metro Barbes. Near the discount store Tati (unexpensive)
- Paris Chinatown (13e arrt) : metro Porte de Choisy. Asian fashion.
- Rue Montgallet (1e arrt) : metro Mongallet. Computer stores nearby.
- Rue de la Motte Picquet Grenelle (15e arrt) : metro La motte Picquet Grenelle
- Rue de la Chaussee d'Antin (9e arrt) : metro Chaussee d'Antin
- Place des Abbesses (18e arrt) : metro Abbesses
What to buy: Clothes, apparel, footwear
What to pay: From cheap to expensive